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Christmas Butter Cookies

My Grandma's Christmas Butter Cookies are a variation of a buttery spritz cookie. The dough is pressed with a cookie press into seasonal shapes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 5 dozen (or more depending on shape)


  • cookie press


  • 2 1/4 scant cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • food coloring/gel (if desired)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl, and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream the butter. Add the sugars and beat until well blended. Add the yolk and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients alternately with the milk by adding half of the dry mixture, 1 teaspoon of milk, then repeating.
  • Stir in food coloring liquid/gel and mix to achieve desired color.
  • Add the dough to the barrel of a cookie press fitted with your disk shape of choice and press the cookies onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 6-10 minutes, depending on the shape of the cookie and how brown you prefer them. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.


You're Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword cookies, dessert, holiday